In December, 2008, Boston police officers broke up a holiday party in Brighton. Jon Surmacz, a webmaster at Boston University who was attending the party, believed the police were using unnecessary force, so he used his cell phone to record the officers. The police saw Surmacz recording them and arrested him. He was charged with felony wiretapping and disorderly conduct.
Surmacz was able to get legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union. It took about five months for Surmacz to get both the charges against him dismissed.
- Daniel Rowinski, “Police fight cell phone recordings,” The Boston Globe, January 12, 2010 (mirror of story hosted here)